13 June 2014

5 Must-Watch Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Videos

Partly to accompany this post I recently wrote explaining my love of Yume No Hajima Ring Ring, and partly inspired by this recent i-D Magazine website piece looking at her most weird and wonderful videos and thinking that I could do something similar, I thought that I would put something together highlighting five must-watch videos by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, the kawaii J-Pop megastar.  

PonPonPon (Moshi Moshi Harajuku, 2011)

Her debut song is still more insanely catchy than any song ever deserves to be. I dare you to listen to it and not have that chorus stuck in your head for the following days - no, scrap that - weeks. While the video is a hyperactive bombardment of the weird and wonderful, laying out the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu style from the start. Look out for when she farts out a rainbow. 

Fashion Monster (Nanda Collection, 2012)

I imagine that this Halloween inspired video is what family gatherings at Tim Burton's gaff are like. We see Kyary wearing a Beetjuice inspired costume as she jams with a band of ghouls. At one point an old Samurai master is summoned, the moon grows a body, and she makes a phone call using her guitar. Much like her songs, her videos always have so much going on in them it can be overwhelming trying to take it all in, and this is no exception. There's even some naughty bits pixeled out.

Re Ninja Bang Bang (Nanda Collection, 2013)

Another song with an ear-worm of a chorus. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu rides a fish while singing through a megaphone, cartoon robots have a dance-off, and there's a fair bit of jumping around in this chiptune inspired ode to a Ninja (I presume).

Invader Invader (Nanda Collection, 2013)

Hyperactive electro-pop with a dubsteppy breakdown that sounds like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu flying a spaceship powered by a dying NES before crash landing it on an alien planet and proceeding to hold the most insane E-numbers fuelled party with the extra-terrestrial inhabitants. Again, features a chorus that buries itself deep within your ears where it refuses to budge. The video has a vaguely sci-fi theme, but doesn't go out of it's way to make much sense.

Mottai Nightland (Pikapika Fantasian, 2013)

The first single from her very-soon-to-be-released forthcoming new album and where we get invited in to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's dreams, and they're just as bizarre and surreal as you would have hoped for; over-sized hands, dancing ghouls, gyrating bikini-clad ghouls, an anime section, a bit where she turns in to a dog and lays a strawberry coloured turd, and just the general next-level insanity we have come to expect from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu music videos. The music is less bombastic than usual, with bright, tinkling pianos and glockenspiels adding to the light-hearted feel. 

This recent Vice Magazine interview with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is worth a read too.

Read my track-by-track review of Pika Pika Fantajin. 

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